Energised Race in the Wrong Direction

A woman being beaten from where she had taken refuge.

Did you hear of the recent race in Venice where the leading pack of athletes, among them favourites from Kenya, who raced like crazy only to realise that they were running in the wrong direction? That’s my visualization of this whole saga that is the fable Kenyan democracy. Only that we have upped our game and instead of running, we as a country are racing in Formula 1 cars, without head gear and no technical checkup stops.

A few days ago, I had a discussion with some colleagues about the events before and after the 26th October, 2017. A you would expect of a political Continue reading “Energised Race in the Wrong Direction”

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the ‘Elusive’ Nobel Peace Prize, and the Politics of Silence

That Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a towering literary and ideological influencer venerated by the world without the Kenyan borders is not contestable. Neither is the fact that he isn’t a divisive nor a uniting figure in Kenya, simply because a larger chunk of the youthful population active in sociopolitical discourse does not identify with him. This important segment of citizenry has not experienced the man who was once detained by Jomo Kenyatta in 1977, released by Moi, only to flee into exile in the USA after his theatre in Limuru was burnt down by the latter’s government. Continue reading “Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the ‘Elusive’ Nobel Peace Prize, and the Politics of Silence”

Muthama Thinks a Duel of Honour Ends Up Honourably

Moses Kuria (left) and Johnson Muthama (right) when they were arraigned in court on charges of incitement.

Former Machakos Senator, Johnson Nduya Muthama, was arrested last week, a second such arrest in two years. Many people suspect various reasons as to why he was arrested. His supporters suspect the government is witch-hunting him. Others suspect he engineers his own arrests by transgressing the law unnecessarily. Police suspect Continue reading “Muthama Thinks a Duel of Honour Ends Up Honourably”